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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Miyagi
Sendai
# 22   of 178 destinations
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With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai (仙台) is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region and one of the country's 15 largest cities. The modern city of Sendai was founded around 1600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan's most powerful lords. Many of Sendai's tourist attractions are related to Masamune and his family.

Sendai was the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake of March 11, 2011. The tsunami devastated the city's coastal outskirts but did not cause major damage in the city center. Virtually all tourist spots reopened within a few months of the earthquake.

Less than an hour northeast of the city center lies the town of Matsushima, whose bay is dotted by pine clad islets and is known for one of Japan's three most scenic views.

Attractions
 1  Zuihoden Mausoleum
Mausoleum of Date Masamune and his family.
User rating: 77/100 (62 votes)
Visited by: 130 users
 2  Gyutan (Beef Tongue)
Most famous dish of Sendai.
User rating: 85/100 (188 votes)
Visited by: 402 users
 3  Tanabata Matsuri
Summer festival with elaborate decorations.
User rating: 78/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 138 users
 4  Rinnoji Temple
Date family temple with outstanding garden.
User rating: 75/100 (46 votes)
Visited by: 112 users
 5  Aoba Castle
Ruins of the former castle of the Date clan.
User rating: 72/100 (149 votes)
Visited by: 334 users
 6  Sendai Downtown
About attractions in the downtown area.
User rating: 72/100 (259 votes)
Visited by: 561 users
 7  Osaki Hachimangu
Beautiful family shrine of the Date clan.
User rating: 71/100 (46 votes)
Visited by: 111 users
  
Side Trips from Sendai
 1  Yamadera
Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
User rating: 91/100 (97 votes)
Visited by: 193 users
 2  Sanriku Coast
Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
User rating: 91/100 (20 votes)
Visited by: 63 users
 3  Matsushima
Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
User rating: 82/100 (292 votes)
Visited by: 654 users
 4  Zao
Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
User rating: 81/100 (47 votes)
Visited by: 310 users
 5  Naruko Gorge
Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
User rating: 77/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 31 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Sendai Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Sendai.

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User Rating (by 525 users):
76/100
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Best rated destinations (out of 165):
108.  Kochi   77/100
109.  Shodoshima   77/100
110.  Naruko Gorge   77/100
111.  Uwajima   77/100
112.  Furukawa   76/100
113.  Sendai   76/100
114.  Shimabara Peninsula   76/100
115.  Echigo Tsumari   76/100
116.  Asahikawa   76/100
117.  Karuizawa   76/100
Most visited destinations (out of 178):
17.  Narita   1583
18.  Nagasaki   1565
19.  Okinawa Island   1538
20.  Kanazawa   1319
21.  Nagano   1310
22.  Sendai   1227
23.  Takayama   1142
24.  Uji   1071
25.  Beppu   1054
26.  Mount Fuji   1043

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News and Reports
April 19, 2014
Matsushima Report
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April 16, 2014
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Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
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April 21, 2011
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April 21, 2011
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